TECHNIQUES FOR COLLEGE WRITING: THE THESIS STATEMENT AND BEYOND is a brief rhetoric that empowers students as writers by giving them the tools they need to create a precise and well-focused thesis. Using the thesis statement as the lens through which students can approach the entire thinking and writing process, TECHNIQUES is divided into three parts that build upon one another: Part I--Thinking Through the Thesis Statement, Part II--Thinking Through Your Writing Assignment, and Part III--Writing Beyond the Composition Classroom. A wide range of journal articles, book excerpts, student essays, paintings, magazine ads, poetry, and short stories make the text accessible to students, and "Thinking Through a Reading" questions promote active reading and in-class discussion. In-chapter practice exercises, writing applications, revision tools, and writing assignments help students gain confidence so that they can begin to incorporate the techniques they've learned in the book into their own personal writing styles.
Kathleen Muller Moore has an MA and Ph.D. from the University of California. She has been teaching composition for over ten years, and is currently an Associate Director in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Riverside. She is also a co-author of "Write It: A Process Approach to College Essays," now in its second edition. Susie Lan Cassel is Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at California State University, San Marcos. She has an A.M. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California. She is an award-winning teacher, and her first book, "The Chinese in America: A History from Gold Mountain to the New Millennium," was nominated for the Association of Asian-American Studies Book Award in History. She has published articles in the "Journal of Asian-American Studies (JAAS)," "Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies," "Reflections: On Community-based Writing Instruction," and the "MLA's Profession." Her current project, "The Ah Quin Diaries," is being supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.